Places to Get Naked: Broker's Nose, Wollongong
Mount Ousley.. The passageway to Wollongong and the South Coast for most Sydney Siders. Most of us would have done this drive before and if you haven’t you need to get out more. If you are anything like me, then you may have noticed at the top of Mount Ousley that there is a safety bay for the trucks to pull over. On my drives, I was always curious about the number of cars that were also pulled over there, without any passengers. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that this little car park was actually the beginning of a short hike that leads to one of Wollongong’s great escarpment lookouts; Brokers Nose.
From here you can see the bottom of the Royal National Park all the way down past the Port Kembla Steel Works. The views are spectacular and the best part is you can virtually have this place to yourself. Brokers nose is on par, if not better than sublime point in regards to viewing, and definitely better in terms of its seclusion. Which means after the hike, it’s the best place to strip off, stand on a mountains edge and be completely free.
To get here, park at the top of Mount Ousley on the most northern side (heading from Sydney to Wollongong) as shown below. The trail becomes obvious and if you walk for about 20 minutes along it, you will come to the escarpment edge and enjoy the spectacular views. The trail does deviate from time to time but all generally head towards the Brokers Nose Lookout. If you keep your bearings handy and follow a North East directions, you can’t really get lost.
Happy adventuring people! Remember, stay safe, use common sense and always clean up after yourself. If you leave your rubbish at these places because you can’t be bothered to take it with you, then you are a tool. Also if you plan on spending some time naked in nature, always be respectful and mindful of others nearby.